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Best Fantasy Week 14 Waiver Pickups: Raheem Mostert, Derrius Guice continue breakouts

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

The late-season RB breakouts keep coming. Surprisingly,  Derrius Guice  and  Benny Snell Jr.  are still owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, which means not enough fantasy football owners took advantage of their predictably big days. Not surprisingly, handcuffs  Raheem Mostert  and  Patrick Laird were owned in far fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, so it was a shocker when both had solid days. Either way, if any are available in your league, you can expect them to be among the  top Week 14 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds

Our  full free agent list features more than just these RB breakouts. With the fantasy playoffs getting underway in most leagues next week, streamers will be a priority, as you always want as good of matchups as possible. We list players at every position, even if they're longshots to be in fantasy lineups. Whether it's a QB, TE, or a D/ST (which can be found at the end of the list), fantasy owners should pay close attention to matchups and weigh all options. If your team is completely perfect except for your kicker spot -- or if you're in the consolation bracket and your'e an idiot -- check out our  Week 14 kicker rankings

MORE: Full waiver wire list | RB handcuff chart

We're at the point in the year where you shouldn't hold your waiver claims back if there's someone you need. This week, it's tough to count on any of the aforementioned RBs to produce going forward (with the exception of Guice), but we also can't say for sure that they  won't  produce. You might as well stash potentially key guys if you can, if for no other reason than to keep them off your opponents' rosters. There will be more injuries and breakouts in the coming weeks, but that only matters if you win in Week 14. ( Update: With Dalvin Cook suffering an injury Monday night, Alexander Mattison should be the top pickup in every league.)

WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST  | Kicker

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 14

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.

Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers . It was reported Matt Breida (ankle) was going to return for Week 13, but after being a surprise scratch on Sunday morning, it opened the door for Mostert to have some relevance once again. No one expected  this much  relevance, though. Mostert ran 19 times for 146 yards and a score, blowing away Tevin Coleman in all categories (five carries, six yards). It was especially surprising since Mostert was mainly just used in mop-up duty last week. The 49ers RB situation has been difficult to predict all season, so we can't simply say Mostert is going to be a starter going forward. Breida might be back next week, and Coleman will always be around. Still, Mostert is worth adding, even with a relatively tough fantasy playoff schedule (Saints, Falcons, Rams). 

WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS:  Running back  | Wide receiver Tight end

Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins.  Guice shouldn't be available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues, but here we are -- and here he is, still available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues. He received three fewer carries than Adrian Peterson (13), but Guice still gained 129 yards and scored twice on his 10 rushes in Week 13 against the Panthers. The matchup clearly helped, but Guice's big-play ability and talent were on full display. He'll have a favorable Week 14 (Packers) and Week 16 (Giants) sandwiched around an unfavorable Week 15 (Eagles). Either way, he's worth a high-priority waiver claim.

MORE WEEK 14: Full waiver wire

Patrick Laird, RB, Dolphins.  Laird led the Dolphins in carries after Kalen Ballage exited early due to a leg injury. The rookie back didn't do much on the ground (10 carries, four yards), but he plunged in a touchdown and caught four-of-five targets for 47 yards (plus a two-point conversion). Known for his receiving ability in college, Laird will really make his mark in PPR leagues. He's worth an add in both PPR and standard leagues, while fellow rookie RB Myles Gaskin is also in play in standard leagues. The Dolphins have a highly favorable fantasy playoff schedule (Jets, Giants, Bengals), so whoever is operating as the lead back will have some value. 

MORE WEEK 14:
Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watchSnap counts | Fantasy playoff SOS

Benny Snell Jr., RB, Steelers.  For some reason, Snell is owned in just 34 percent of Yahoo leagues despite clearly operating as the Steelers lead back last week.  With James Conner's timeline unclear for a return from a sore shoulder, Snell could continue leading the way in the Pittsburgh backfield, at least for one more week. He once again showed what he can do with the job, rushing for 63 yards and a score on 16 carries against the Browns in Week 13. With a fairly favorable schedule the rest of the way (Cardinals, Bills, Jets), Snell will have value as long as Conner is out, making him a worthwhile free agent add, if not low-priority waiver claim. 

WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:
DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP

James Washington, WR, Steelers.  Washington continued his late-season surge in Week 13, catching all four of his targets for 113 yards and a score. The touchdown catch was a bit fluky, but it's clear Washington is Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver while JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is out. What's unclearis  when JuJu will return, so fire up Washington against the Cardinals next week and the Jets in Week 16, though he should be avoided in Week 15 against the Bills. 

For more waiver/free agent suggestions, including a ton of QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 14 list .